Juan Gabriel: 10 songs to remember the “Divo de Juárez”

Juan Gabriel would be 72 years old this Friday, January 7, but despite the fact that Alberto Aguilera Valadez, his real name, is no longer present to celebrate, his fans remember him through his songs.

Juan Gabriel was born on January 7, 1950 and died on August 28, 2016 in the United States of a heart attackAccording to his autopsy, however, his work as a composer and singer had already written his history among Mexicans.

With more than 1,500 songs, as he himself would reveal in various interviews, his artistic contribution is undeniable and belongs to the musical memory of millions.

The “Divo de Juárez” affirmed: “At first they could not find what to do with me, then they did not know what to do without me”, after remembering the difficulties that he had during his childhood and later his artistic career full of successes.

Here we present you ten emblematic songs to remember the great Juan Gabriel:


Eternal love

It is one of his greatest hits. And although there are versions about the reason for its creation, the same author pointed out that it is a piece dedicated to his mother, Victoria Valadez, after her death in 1974. It is a key song in his discography, one of the most emotional and one of the most requested by their fans.


That’s how it went

His version with the highest acclaim is the one he presented at the concert at the Palacio de Bellas Artes: Celebrating 25 years of Juan Gabriel, recorded on August 22, 1997 in the highest cultural venue in Mexico and published on January 13, 1998.

This song has been performed by several singers, among the best known: Isabel Pantoja.


The difference

With mariachi, it has become an elementary theme for Juan Gabriel. Released in 1980, it is a hymn to heartbreak. Special mention deserves the version of Vicente Fernández, recently deceased.


Hug me very tight

One of his most recent hits, from the year 2000. It is a theme that, according to several, seems more like a poem than a song. It was included in her presentation at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in 2013.


I still love you

Theme song from a Mexican soap opera from 1996-1997, became an important song in the Michoacan career with which, quite often, he closed each of his concerts.


I have no money

This is the great success of “Juanga” at the beginning of his career, in 1971, which made him famous and took him out of anonymity. Paradoxically, the letter has not lost its validity despite the years.


I already know that you are leaving

“Things in love” is the album that contained this song, in 1982, that would become a great artist hit. An emblematic interpretation of the drama and the strength that Juan Gabriel impressed on his work.


Noa Noa

A theme that recreates the experience of young Juan Gabriel when he worked in the famous night bar in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, even when he was a minor. It is a festive song recorded in 1979, far removed from the themes of sadness, spite or heartbreak, so characteristic of the singer-songwriter..


Until i met you

This song was recorded in 1986 and was part of the album “Pensamientos”. It is one of the great themes of the Michoacan repertoire. Ideal for a night of spite.


I was not born to love

Popular, authentic, dramatic and exciting. An emblematic song of lonely souls and constant seekers of love. From 1980 and included in the album “Pensamientos”.


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